The GeoPets Academy is the paragon of proper geocache maintenance. To keep up with the rapid expansion of geocaching, the Academy is dedicated to using innovative methods grounded in research to benefit the global geocaching community. Proudly selective, we take only students of the highest levels of distinction in discovery and geocache maintenance.

Founded in 2016 by Dr. Sniff Wagner, the GeoPets Academy has grown from just one student to hundreds of well-groomed graduates. Wagner consistently generates quality students through rigorous field training and a robust, well-rounded course curriculum. Today the school is regarded as the pinnacle of geocache maintenance training, and has expanded its admissions to support a diverse student body. The faculty is dedicated to refining each student’s abilities and establishing a heavy emphasis on compliance with geocaching rules and guidelines.

It all started when...

Dr. Wagner developed a passion for geocaching 12 years ago with her puppy Max. It was easy to see Max’s enthusiasm and talent for the game. After gaining his bearings, Max’s navigational senses shone while out in the field. Dr. Wagner saw the potential in her young pup and trained him to sniff out different geocache containers. Not only did Max find D5/T5 geocaches with ease, he could also recognize if a geocache was missing, needed a new logbook, or was at the wrong coordinates. Through a series of special barks, Max and Dr. Wagner created a communication system that allowed Wagner to write “Needs Maintenance” logs while Max sought out the caches.

Wagner saw the broader potential for her experience with Max to reach millions of geocaching pets around the world, and thus the Sniff & Bark™ method was coined. This Sniff & Bark™ method of training and communication is the foundation of GeoPets Academy. Using an animal's special talents and finding a unique form of communication to identify and report problematic caches was an idea that changed the world of geocaching forever. In 2016, Dr. Wagner opened her doors to all animals with special skills who are determined to keep geocaches of all difficulty and terrain levels in good condition. Now, the Academy has established a precedence of excellence for producing world class GeoPets.

Meet the Class of 2017

More than just a degree.

The GeoPets Academy has an enriching approach to learning that provides our attendants with the right tools to enhance their unique skills beyond the academy. Our participants are leaders that prove to be effective in their roles as GeoPets and as role models in the geocaching community.


Samantha Smith

Owner of Sally, class of '16

"Holy cow! GeoPets Academy is udderly a great program. Sally beefed up her geocaches without getting milked dry. Now that she’s graduated, she’s over the moon!”

Rose Feather

Owner of Shadow, Class of '16

Shadow improved her stealthy night cache maintenance skills with the help of GeoPets Academy. Her night vision and tactile feet were put to good use sharpening pencils, replacing old log books, and hiding lots and lots of nanos in the woods, right above nightcacher’s heads without their knowledge! Shadow became a real Hooooodini. Owl you need is a geocaching education from GeoPets Academy. It’s a hoot!  



Class of '16

“GeoPets Academy is purrfectly paw-some. Sign up meow!”


Class of '16

OMC! When I was accepted to GeoPets Academy, I thought, “Holy shrimp! This scampi happening!”. But thanks to them, I’ve become as smart as a brain sturgeon. And whale obviously, this school is fintastic. It’s everything you’ve been herring all about. I’m not even squidding. They are like, seriously krilling it. If you find a better school for geopets, let minnow. Take the oppor-tuna-ty to attend. Don’t leave your education to salmon else — GeoPets Academy is ofishally the best!

Much like the student body, which consists of different kingdoms, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species, the campus for GeoPets Academy also offers a diverse experience. Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood is a fur/fin/flight mecca with several pet supply stores, many fire hydrants for self-relief, and a plethora of small urban prey (such as cockroaches and rats) for our carnivore scholars. Nearly all students live near campus, and it’s not uncommon for them to roll on surrounding grass patches, take 4-hour naps in a sunbeam, or even work in the campus T-R-E-A-T shop.